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(Swedish: "The long row") are two long buildings on the islet Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, Sweden.
The two buildings, individually known as Västra/Östra boställshuset
("The Western/Eastern Residence House") and collectively built in 1699-1702 to accommodate the 200 bodyguards of King Charles XII, were built to the design of Nicodemus Tessin the Younger using bricks from several palaces, in Ekolsund, Gripsholm, Nyköping, Eskilstuna, and Svartsjö. As Charles spent most of his regency on the battlefields, however, neither building was used for the original purpose, serving instead to house the poor and homeless. Poor and homeless people of Stockholm emerged in great numbers following the fatal Battle of Poltava 1709, but were considerably decimated by the Black Death, which hit the city the following year. As the galley fleet was created, starting in 1715, these two buildings were gradually transformed from hospitals into offices and workshops. By the 1770s, when the commissioner's office was relocated to a separate building, they were exclusively used by the officers and officials on the island as spacious residences, each disposing up to 17 rooms. In the mid 19th century, when a canteen for clerks and officials was built in the western building, the present name came into use. The building was refurbished in 1958-1959 to serve the Swedish Navy administration and the Naval Officers Society (Sjöofficerssällskapet
). The Naval Officers Society started using the building from the mid 19th century onward, and is still using it for various purposes.
* History of Skeppsholmen
[and structures in Stockholm]